Survey of Garrard County farm approved

October 15, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - Garrard County will delay selling the county farm until the property on Perry Rogers Road can be inspected and surveyed.

Magistrate Joe Leavell said Tuesday that the county should wait until magistrates make an on-site inspection of the property before any further discussions take place.

Leavell doesn't expect the farm to sell this year. "It's too late to get it sold this winter," he said. "It needs to get cleaned up."

The Fiscal Court agreed to hire Estes Engineering and Surveying of Danville to survey the property. Estes will charge $80 an hour for field work and $50 an hour for office research not to exceed $5,750.


In September, the Fiscal Court OK'd selling the farm to pay off some of the $4.5 million loan that the county obtained from the Kentucky Association of Counties to help the hospital. The 147.5-acre farm has a tobacco base and generates about $2,000 to $5,000 a year in revenue for the county.

Realtor Rick Sutton told magistrates last month that the farm could sell for about $300,000. That would take five years of the KACo loan, thus saving the county $18,000 a month in interest payments.

The farm has about 28 tracts, said Judge-Executive E.J. Hasty.

"Surely with that many tracts, it will bring in a lot of money," said Leavell.

"I think it will make money," said Hasty.

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